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Google is Reading Your Emails for Your Browsing Benefit...and for Ads, of Course

Google's updated its terms of service in an effort to be a bit more transparent about its email-scanning practices.  And whether you're harbouring a deep dark secret in your Gmail sub-folders or otherwise, it inevitably comes down to one thing -- making you more valuable to advertisers. Read More >>

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Try the Super-Secure USB Drive OS That Edward Snowden Insists on Using

We all know that Edward Snowden insists on secure email, but he's also very picky about his operating systems, too. In fact, he uses a free, super-secure version of Linux—called Tails—that fits on a USB stick and can be used on any computer without leaving a trace. Read More >>

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NYT: Obama Lets the NSA Exploit Some Internet Flaws

Over the weekend, it was revealed that President Obama thinks that when the National Security Agency discovers major flaws in internet security, they should be allowed to exploit it if there's a "a clear national security or law enforcement need." Read More >>

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Report: NSA Used Heartbleed to Spy on People for Years

It's true. After days of speculation over whether the NSA knew about the Heartbleed vulnerability that affected as many as two thirds of the websites on the internet, two anonymous sources tell Bloomberg that the NSA didn't just know about it, they used it to gather intelligence. Read More >>

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The Simple Security Measure That Could've Stopped Heartbleed Dead

We learned yesterday of a catastrophic bug, nicknamed "Heartbleed," that has critically threatened the security of some HTTPS sites since 2011. By some estimates, Heartbleed affects 2 out of 3 web servers on the Internet.1 Read More >>

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Intrepid Hackers Use Chinese Takeaway Menu to Access a Major Oil Company

With big companies taking every precaution against malware they can possibly think of, it's getting increasingly difficult for hackers to wedge their way in. So instead of going after the highly secure company employee accounts themselves, hackers are going after what those employees hold most dear—Chinese takeaways. Read More >>

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HSTS: The Security That all Websites Should be Using

You would think that by now the internet would have grown up enough that things like online banking, email, or government websites would rely on thoroughly engineered security to make sure your data isn't intercepted by attackers. Unfortunately when it comes to the vast majority of websites on the internet, that assumption would be dead wrong. That's because most websites (with a few notable exceptions) don't yet support a standard called HSTS—HTTPS Strict Transport Security. Read More >>

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This Browser Extension Lets You See Any LinkedIn User's Email Address

Looks like someone finally found a use for the LinkedIn profile you've been sitting on for the past five years. Thanks to a new browser extension, you can now reveal the email address of any one of LinkedIn's roughly 260 million users—whether you're connected to them or not. Read More >>

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The NSA's Been Spying on Every Single Call, Text, and Email in Iraq

A couple weeks ago, we learned from leaked documents that the NSA has the capability to record an entire country's calls, texts, and email in real time. That's a hell of a capability, and those documents revealed that it was being used in one country. Now, thanks to a retired NSA leader, we know which country that is: Iraq. Read More >>

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This Facial Recognition Software Signals the End of the Security Guard

Minority Report references are old hat in the tech world. In fact, it's often a great way to describe technology that, as the cliché goes, "sounds like something out of a Philip K. Dick novel," yet is destined to remain a fiction. But this futuristic facial-recognition security system is the exception. It exists, and it's scarily good. Read More >>

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Microsoft Snooped on a Blogger's Email to Hunt Down a Leaker

An indictment filed in federal court a today reveals that Microsoft snooped through a blogger's Hotmail account trying to plug an internal leak of pre-release Windows 8 software. That sounds like an outrageous violation of privacy. Microsoft claims they had the legal right under its terms of service. Read More >>

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Google's Larry Page Admits "Speech Recognition is Not Very Good" Right Now

Larry Page, Google's co-founder and CEO, gave a long interview at the TED2014 conference, where he talked about search stuff, voice stuff, and suggested that sharing anonymous medical data could save a staggering 100,000 lives a year around the world if we could all stop being so stressed about our privacy. Read More >>

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NSA System Can Record Entire Countries' Calls for 30 Days at a Time

Remember all that business about the NSA saying it only collects phone metadata? Yeah, that's not true. Not only can the NSA listen in on foreigners' phone calls. It can record "every single" conversation in an entire country and store the recordings for 30 days at a time, a new Washington Post report reveals. Read More >>

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BT is Being Investigated After Claims it Exposed User Data

BT is being investigated by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) due to a whistleblower's claims that it "exposed user credentials en masse," as users' email accounts were moved from a Yahoo-based system. Read More >>

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Facebook's Zuckerberg Says Surveillance Systems Put the Internet as We Know it Under Threat

Social network kingpin Mark Zuckerberg has spoken out against the US government's use of surveillance systems to track web users, calling it a "threat" to the internet. Read More >>

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Surprise: Phone Metadata Gives Away the Most Secret of Your Secrets

If you're one of the masses who inexplicably think that NSA phone surveillance doesn't matter --or that it doesn't apply to us Brits-- then you're in for a shock: new research reveals that simple analysis of mobile phone metadata can reveal masses about you. As if it wasn't bad enough that our social media habits are being monitored. Read More >>

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